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    If Harold Ford, Jr wins the senate seat?

    If Harold Ford, Jr wins the senate seat; (1) will he come out of the closet, (2) will he begin to support GLBT issues? He needs to drop that ultra conservative religious right act that he is portraying in his current ads.

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    Re: If Harold Ford, Jr wins the senate seat?

    I think it's funny that NOWHERE on his campaign website does he mention that he's a Democrat.

    Oh well, yeah. He definitely needs to burst out the closet.

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    ^This is Tennessee, they think Maltese is a liberal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iman View Post
    ^This is Tennessee, they think Maltese is a liberal.

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    Corker is behind by 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by hty2 View Post
    A Democrat Congressman

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    It will be another gain for the Democrats,one more cog to acquiring a Democratic majority in the next Senate.He is a Democrat,guys...not every Democrat has to vote like he's from Berkeley,California or Massachusetts.But on the core issues,he's a good Democrat(proper use of the term Democrat)
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    Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., who wants to become a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, has sunk lower than a snake. He has defamed his grandmother, and his great-grandparents, by claiming that their lives were frauds and lies - that they were whites passing for Black.

    There seem to be no limits to the young congressman's perfidy and stupidity. In the process of depicting his own ancestors as people living a lie, Ford has also insulted the Black public and Black history - not to mention common sense, a quality of which Harold Jr. seems to be totally lacking.

    Ford's allegation, now mimicked by much of his highly political family, but never mentioned by any family member before the 35-year-old senatorial candidate casually smeared his grandmother in USA Today, in December, defies all reason. Grandmother Vera Ford, who died in 1994 at the age of 78, was the daughter of John Davis and Lottie McGinnis, both of whose death certificates list them as "Negro" - as skillfully reported by the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Wendi C. Thomas on March 19.

    Vera Ford's parents were married at a time of great racial violence in Tennessee and the nation. Shelby County - Memphis - recorded the highest number of lynchings of Blacks in the state. In 1917, a year after Vera's birth, according to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, white mobs vented their racist anger en mass:

    Tennessee's "greatest lynching carnival" was held in Memphis in May 1917 when Ell Person, the allegedly confessed ax-murderer of a sixteen-year-old white girl, was burned to death in the presence of fifteen thousand men, women, and little children. The mother of the murdered child cheered the mob as they poured oil on the man and set him afire. The Memphis Press said that "the mob fought and screamed and crowded to get a glimpse of him and the mob closed in and struggled about the fire."

    Young Harold Ford (known as "The Prince"), who ascended to his father's congressional seat at the age of 26 in 1996, would have us believe that, during this period of murderous white mob violence, a white couple from Memphis would both decide to become Black, and to subject their children to Jim Crow schools and lynch law justice. It defies all reason - an amazing fiction concocted in Harold Jr.'s head for purposes unknown.

    Grandmother Vera attended all-Black Booker T. Washington High School. In 1934, at age 19, she married Harold's grandfather, N.J. Ford, a somewhat darker Black man. Together, they launched the family funeral home and political dynasty. Nobody questioned Vera's Blackness. As Wendi Thomas reports, "Vera was named the Tennessee Mother of the Year, ‘the first black woman ever so honored in Tennessee,' the Nashville Banner wrote in 1976."

    Vera's death certificate, like those of her parents, John and Lottie, identifies her as Black.

    There is a level of corruption that even the Ford family of Memphis have never stooped to - until now. Harold "The Prince" Jr. has submerged himself in the muck, and all but one close family member has dived in with him in order to save his senatorial campaign. None say that Vera ever fessed up to being white. Retroactively, they now say it was assumed. "She looked white," (indicted) son state senator John Ford told reporter Wendi Thomas.

    Actually, we don't think she looks white - however, we have eyes trained for this sort of thing. But that's not the point. The Ford's collective violation against Black people's history in this country is far more disturbing than the pretensions and self-debasement of one Black family. They make a fiction of their own family history, and thus allow others to extrapolate larger fictions, to further confuse the Black and white public about the real nature of African American's past and present.

    There is really only one definition for the people who became African Americans: those who were eligible to be legally sold as chattel, and whose children were condemned to also be chattel for slavemaster scum. The "one drop" and "one-sixteenth" Black blood rule was simply a commercial arrangement, that allowed white men to exercise their sexual privileges among the slaves while carrying no parental obligations. As a result, the United States became the only country in the world in which rich and respected men routinely sold their own children - an abomination almost beyond comprehension, one that challenges normal notions of human behavior.

    Because of the high cost of slaves in the U.S. - the driving force in this grotesque social arrangement that led to child-selling - and because the United States had a large and heavily armed white population, there was no need to create a mulatto class with privileges recognized by the white rulers. Unlike elsewhere in the African Diaspora, the "one drop" rule reigned. All of the "one drop" or more people were herded together, to be sold during slavery, and Jim Crowed in its aftermath.

    However, in this centuries-long process, a people came into being: African Americans of many hues but sharing the same references and history. During slavery, all could be sold. Afterwards, all could be lynched, and all were segregated - unless they "passed," which usually required leaving the region where everybody knew who was who and where they came from. But most did not, because of their ties to their land, family, community and collective aspirations.

    A distinct people emerged from the cauldron, a people who developed their own institutions in opposition to white institutions, and their own view of the world. A people with a sense of community that had been forged in - among the many oppressions of slavery and Jim Crow - the sexual oppression of Black women that created the multi-hued African American group.

    Vera Ford belonged to that group, as did her parents, John and Lottie. They did not "pass" but stayed within the community. Now, her grandson, the despicable and underbrained brat who wants to be a senator, is casting her out, claiming she was white.

    Of the Ford family, only aunt Barbara Ford Branch, a retired lawyer who lives in New York City, seems to have an ounce of pride in her family or her people. "I will not let them try to make my mother something she wasn't," Ms. Branch told the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Wendi Thomas.

    However, Ms. Thomas, who is Black, strays into nasty territory when she introduces the now-familiar white line that race is a "social construct." Of course it is. But this "construct" has vast social consequences, that led to annihilation of peoples (most Native Americans, all Tasmanians) and to the creation of new nations of people. The "social construct" term has been interpreted by white popular media as meaning "socially irrelevant" - which is a convenient way for them to say race doesn't matter, so get over it. But the centuries of slavery and racial oppression that have been justified by the "construct" are not irrelevant. They are facts.

    These cumulative events - the lives, struggles and accomplishment of millions of people who came to call themselves Black Americans - have created a unique people in the world. Vera Ford was one of them, as were her parents.

    Harold Ford Jr. desecrates their graves, and should hang his head in shame. But he won't, because he is shameless. And amoral.

    Glen Ford and Peter Gamble are writing a book titled, "Barack Obama and the Crisis in Black Leadership."


    From a recent article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper:

    Even in Ford family, race divides generations
    By Wendi C. Thomas
    March 19, 2006

    Was the matriarch of a Memphis political dynasty a white woman who married into a black family?

    Or was she a black woman with a white forefather buried in her lineage, a past shared with millions of black people?

    And why does it matter?

    The race of Vera Ford, the paternal grandmother of U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., came up when Harold Jr. declared she was white while campaigning for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee.

    His statement, first reported in December in a USA Today profile of the congressman, surprised many longtime Memphians who knew the Ford family and believed that Vera was black.

    But no one was more surprised -- and shocked and angry -- than Barbara Ford Branch, one of Vera's daughters and Harold Ford Sr.'s older sister.

    She vehemently insists that her mother was black and is absolutely baffled as to why her nephew, Harold Jr., would try to rewrite his family's history.

    But former U.S. representative Harold Ford Sr. says he's talked with the rest of his siblings and they all agree: Vera was white.

    More than a curious tidbit in what will surely be a hotly contested Senate race, the dispute speaks to the larger issue of race -- not just between black and white, but the pressure intraracially to choose sides.

    With the advent of DNA testing that claims to trace ancestry back to specific African tribes, and a growing rejection of the one-drop rule that said anyone with
    even one drop of "black blood" was black, the question of what makes you black or white is more complex than ever.

    Pictures of Vera, who died in 1994 at the age of 78, show a very fair-skinned woman. The race on her death certificate is recorded as "black." Her parents, John Davis and Lottie McGinnis, are noted as "Negro" on their death certificates.
    Vera Davis went to Booker T. Washington High, which was then (and practically is today) an all-black school.

    In 1934, she married N.J. Ford, a black man, when it was illegal for a white woman and a black man to wed.

    Vera was named the Tennessee Mother of the Year, "the first black woman ever so honored in Tennessee," the Nashville Banner wrote in 1976. This, Barbara told me, is proof that Vera was a black woman and lived as such.

    Harold Sr. and Jr. "are denying their heritage," says Barbara, a retired attorney in New York and one of the few Ford children who has never sought public office.
    Relatives have asked her to keep quiet, she says, because "my nephew is running for office.

    "If you're not going to stand up for your mother, then who are you going to stand up for?"

    There was a white ancestor, Barbara says, but it wasn't Vera. It was Vera's grandfather, John McGinnis.

    She says that in some ways, Harold Jr. simply stated the obvious, as anyone who looks at her siblings, with their thin noses, straighter hair and pale complexions, knows they have white blood.

    "Harold [Jr.] is fair-skinned. ... He wants to be whiter than he is?" she asks.
    Harold Jr. dodged my phone calls, but he did ask his father to call me.

    Vera's race wasn't anything the family ever discussed, Harold Sr. says, but they knew she was white.

    "It was a foregone conclusion" that didn't require analysis around the dinner table, he says. "My [maternal] uncles didn't want to come to the house because my father was brown-skinned."

    Some family members have had DNA tests, Harold Sr. says, that back up his
    assertion that his mother was indeed a white woman.
    Shelby County Commissioner Joe Ford hasn't seen any DNA tests, but he too says his mother was white.

    "It was just one of those things," Joe says. "It never crossed my mind to think about it. She looked white."

    In fact, he was listed as white on his driver's license, a mistake he didn't notice until he was 19.

    But because their father was black -- or perhaps a mixture of black and Native American -- Joe and Harold Sr. always saw themselves as black men.
    "I was always African-American. I'm still African-American. I'm proud of that," Harold Sr. says.

    Proud? Don't get Barbara, who also identifies as black, started on proud.
    She was proud when Harold Sr. was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, but now, she thinks her parents are rolling over in their graves at the mess most of her kin have made.

    As I listened to Barbara, I could almost hear the gloves falling to the floor.
    "If he (Harold Sr.) calls my mother white, I can say anything now," Branch says. "I will not let them try to make my mother something she wasn't."

    Although Barbara leans on death certificates to prove her case, and Harold Sr. relies on oral history and DNA tests, none of these is reliable, says Tony Burroughs, a pre-eminent black genealogist.

    "No one record can prove a fact," says the author of "Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide To Tracing The African American Family Tree."

    "You have to take a multitude of records to prove a fact. ... A death certificate is only one record."

    DNA tests that claim to track a person's ancestry back to a certain country or tribe can't be trusted, he says.

    The best method, Burroughs says, is to weave together details found in oral histories, birth and death certificates, census records, baptism records, diaries, letters, family Bibles. Even then, there's only so much that can be known for sure.
    And race isn't something that's as simple as black and white, although for years we've tried to make it so.

    Before the civil rights movement, the one-drop rule kept even the lightestskinned black people, those who probably had more European blood than African blood, segregated, relegated to second-class citizenship. Mulatto, quadroon, octoroon -- we had names for varying degrees of blackness, but you were still black. No wonder those who could pass for white sometimes did so.

    There are still benefits bestowed upon light-skinned black people, says Cedric Herring, author of "Skin Deep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the 'Color-Blind' Era." Studies show that on average, fair-skinned black people earn more money, marry earlier and are better educated than dark-skinned black people.
    If you're black, get back. White is right. Sentiments from sayings popular years ago linger in the black community, creating tensions to which many white people are oblivious.

    Still, all skin color news is not bad. Research shows that younger Americans see race as a fluid notion. In the 2000 Census, for the first time people of mixed ancestry could check as many ethnicity boxes as they wished. Perhaps the controversy over Vera's race simply reflects a generational shift in attitudes toward race, the Tiger Woods "Cablinasian" effect.

    While many Americans are reforming their ideas of race to include gradations on the scale from black to white, politics has yet to follow suit.

    Harold Jr.'s decision to point out his white ancestry, Herring says, is "not the kind of thing that's going to get white people to rally around him, and it's not the kind of thing that is going to get black people to rally around him."

    In fact, it could drive some white voters away, because it reminds them of the tortured relations that created these mixed-race children and the prejudices the issue dredges up.

    And for black voters, introducing issues of mixed-race ancestry raises issues of authenticity. The less "black" a politician proclaims to be, the conventional (outdated?) thinking goes, the less commitment he may have on issues of particular concern to black constituents.

    "Once he injects it," Herring says, "it racializes the whole thing."

    By doing so, Harold Jr. may be unwittingly tapping into another part of his family's legacy: making political hay by riling white people. Harold Sr. infuriated white voters in 1994 when he lambasted the "devils" in East Memphis, a comment that over time has morphed into "white devils," although Harold Sr. never assigned the devils a color.

    Ophelia, who narrowly beat a white Republican to take a state Senate seat, invented a villain -- "Jim Crowism" -- to blame for the attention paid to a race in which several felons and at least three dead people voted.

    Former state senator John Ford has blamed the "white media" for his woes, which now include a federal indictment in a corruption scandal.

    Harold Jr., who claims Memphis as his home even though he didn't grow up here, is the city's darling and will rake in the black vote for his Senate race. In Middle and East Tennessee, where white voters are in the majority, he's got a tougher fight.

    The Ford family may never agree on Vera's race, and eventually we may come to understand that race isn't about DNA trails, but a social construct that divides humans who are all, genetically speaking, more than 99 percent identical.

    Looking forward, the question to be asked and answered is why does race matter, says Brooke Kroeger, the author of "Passing: When People Can't Be Who They Are."

    "Who says I am obliged," says Kroeger, "to be what you think I am? Or what I think you think I am? Or even what I think I am but sincerely wish I weren't?"

    Barbara Branch isn't ready to move forward.

    "I'm not in a campaign here," Branch says, although she's lobbying so hard to have her mother's racial record corrected that you might disagree.

    "I'm about the truth."

    Oddly, in Latin, that's what Vera's name means.


    Ford called self a lawyer but did not pass bar exam
    By Michael Davis Staff Writer

    Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Harold Ford Jr. referred to himself as a lawyer earlier this week, but the congressman has not passed the bar exam.

    Michael Powell, senior adviser to the Ford campaign, said U.S. Rep. Ford took the Tennessee bar exam in February 1997 and failed. He said that was the only time Rep. Ford has taken the test.

    Rep. Ford, of Memphis, got his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996, according to his congressional Web site.

    He said Tuesday during a meeting with Chattanooga Times Free Press editors and reporters that Republican opponent Bob Corker has said the next senator should be a businessman and not a lawyer.

    "I told Senator (Lamar) Alexander, I said, ‘I won’t hold it against you if I’m elected, and there’s two lawyers in the delegation who try their hardest to work through the issues," Rep. Ford said.

    Corker campaign spokesman Todd Womack said, "If Congressman Ford will stretch the truth about his own resume, what else will he stretch the truth about?" Mr. Powell said it is his understanding that Rep. Ford was joking when he made reference to being a lawyer during Tuesday’s meeting.

    "He has never held himself out as a lawyer," Mr. Powell said.

    He said President Bush has referred to Rep. Ford as a lawyer.

    "I think it makes sense to send somebody up to Washington who’s not a lawyer," President Bush said at a Nashville fundraiser in late August, according to a transcript. "Nothing wrong with lawyers, we got a lot of them up there."

    Mr. Powell said the GOP is finding "petty" things to talk about.

    "We’re a month out from the election, and the Republicans and Mr. Corker still are not talking about the issues," he said.

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    Re: If Harold Ford, Jr wins the senate seat?

    Was it not in Ca at at Democratic fundraiser for Ford, Jr that they found out how ultra conservative he is that they cancelled it and told him to go back home.
    The Memphis Commerical Appeal reports that Harold,Sr, profited 1million dollars off of AccessMed Plus a TNCare HMO that he co-owned and served as a health consultant. Senior now lives on either Star or Fisher Island in Fl.

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    Re: If Harold Ford, Jr wins the senate seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by hty2 View Post

    In reality, I have several friends living in Tennessee and those rumors aren't circulating there.

    Well, speaking as would we know? It's not like he's ever actually lived here.

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